Winter Season: A fun time for outdoor activities:

I’m happy to announce that the Rideau River Winter Trail is now open. The Rideau River Winter Trail, which runs from the Rideau Sports Centre and Hurdman’s Bridge, is a project led by our office, Councillor King’s office, the Rideau Sports Centre, the Overbrook and Action Sandy Hill Community Associations. This new trail is perfect for cross-country skiers, fat bikers and snowshoeing to practice their sports in the downtown core next to the Rideau River. If you want to get involved, let us know, we are always looking for help to ensure sustainability for this project. You can also follow the Facebook page by searching Rideau Winter Trail. See you on the trail.

Winterlude

Winterlude is coming to our community with exciting activities from Friday, January 31 to Monday, February 17. Every year, Winterlude brings a fun perspective to outdoor winter activities like the snow and ice sculpture competitions, snow playgrounds, and skating and sporting events. Ottawa transforms into a winter wonderland. In our community, we have the classics like the ByWard Market 29th Annual Winterlude Stew Cook-Off January 31st, the 40th Accora Village Kiwanis Bed Race, or simply enjoying a delicious Beavertail on the Rideau Canal Skateway. We are excited to announce BougeBouge – an indoor race is a brand new fun activity for the whole family. Participants have the opportunity to run a 5 kilometre course through the Rideau Centre and the Shaw Centre. These are but a few of the more than 750 activities taking place in the Byward Market, Rideau, Sparks and Bank streets and throughout the Glebe neighbourhood. For all the information visitwww.ottawatourism.ca/events/winterlude/.

Even though Winterlude is still part of our community, we are disappointed that compared to last year, the ByWard Market has lost a number of activities such as the International Ice-Carving Competition. We believe that the ByWard Market is a gem for our city with a collection of original shops, boutiques, retailers, restaurants and public spaces and that Ottawa Tourism and Winterlude needs to do a better job in programming this iconic location.

 

ByWard Market and Rideau St project and construction update

The ByWard Market and Rideau Street are one of the most well-known destinations in Ottawa, and we have some exciting projects coming for this iconic precinct’s cultural and heritage assets. Starting this Spring Rideau Street, from Sussex Drive to Dalhousie Street, will see some significant changes as the city will renew the street surface, increase the pedestrian space with the largest sidewalk in Ottawa, add street greening, a bike lane on the north side of the street and create an inviting and accessible place for everyone. The last leg of Rideau Street renewal will be in perfect connection with the Byward Market public realm plan coming in front of Council this Spring. The public realm plan will establish a vision for the short, medium and long-term improvements made to the network of public spaces in the ByWard Market. This project is critical to renewal of the Market and will be presented to City Council this Spring.  It will provide direction and designs to beautify, organize and connect the ByWard Market’s public spaces to make them accessible, inclusive, safe and inviting. For more info on the public realm plan, visit https://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/public-engagement/projects/byward-market-public-realm-plan

 

Montreal Road Revitalization project update

 Montreal Road Revitalization project continues to move full steam ahead with Vision Vanier – a six-tiered plan which including the renewal of the street, the plan encompasses culture, community improvement plans, public art and park and pathway renewals.

Most recently, the Montreal Road working group met to discuss the next steps in implementing a Community Electronic Board.

The purpose of the sign will be to provide information to the community at street level. Information could include upcoming events and community news. The city’s Building Better Revitalized Neighbourhoods program will contribute $40,000 towards the cost of the sign.

Location and the type of board are still under discussion, and if you would like to gain more information, please reach out to the Vanier Community Association or The Vanier Community Service Centre, who will be operating the sign once it is in place.

To stay up-to-date on the project, visit Ottawa.ca for traffic updates, OCTranspo.com for transit service updates and visit https://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/public-engagement/projects/montreal-road-revitalization for specific project updates.

 

Construction News

Work continues to progress with Montreal Road this month with ongoing underground work from Bell Canada and Hydro Ottawa.

The most visible work with Bell is taking place at the corner of North River Road and Montreal Road. This maintenance hole reconstruction will take up to six weeks. The excavation around the manhole is approximately the length of a dump truck, and the contractor will need to encroach further into the closed lane to complete the work.  Understanding this is a frustrating inconvenience during rush hour peak times, and the scope of the work is too large to cover over for peak periods. To help mitigate the traffic frustrations with this particular project,  I have asked if they can complete the job as quickly as possible.

Details of the transit impacts (stop closures, detour and alternative stops) are on OC Transpo’s octranspo.com/en/alerts (DETOUR: North River Road closed southbound from Montreal to Selkirk).  Hydro Ottawa underground ductwork will restart on the south side of Montreal Road between Montgomery and the Vanier Parkway in mid-January and continue through the month of February.  The eastbound Montreal Road lane (primarily during off-peak hours) will require a closure between Montgomery and the Vanier Parkway and sections of the south sidewalk along Montreal Road will also be inaccessible. Access to businesses will be maintained.

 

Food Frenz moves to Sandy Hill

Next time you’re walking down Laurier Avenue, make sure to stop by Food Frenz at 275 Laurier Ave. East.

A convenience store and Manakeesh Bakery, this new business in the neighbourhood is unique. It offers a complete line of grocery items, fresh salads, Samosas, butter chicken and the in-store bakery serves meat pies, cheese pies, Zaatar pies.

Every morning at 5 a.m., owner and baker Jerry Jadon fires up his oven to get ready for the day. Doors open at 7 a.m. fresh food and groceries are available to any hungry individuals until 10 p.m. – so late-night snacking options are available.

Originally from North of Toronto, Jadon came to Ottawa in 1996. Jadon previously owned a store in the west-end but said he felt like he needed a change. When an opportunity came up in Sandy Hill, Jadon said he just knew this was the change he was looking for and the right property to make his new store a reality.

Food Frenz officially opened in October 2019 and is a unique spot in the community as both a specialty grocery store and bakery in the heart of Sandy Hill.

So whether you’re looking to pick up lunch, a snack or groceries for the week – Food Frenz is a great place to check out – you will not be disappointed.

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